Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson unveiled a recruitment video in the continued effort to fill vacancies in his department ranks.
After a brief introduction from the sheriff, the video starts with a bang and leads into paramilitary images of SWAT teams running through exercises. It shows there are many facets to the department, from detective work to K-9 units and horse teams, boat patrols, helicopter search and rescue, crime-scene investigations and corrections.
The sheriff showed the recruitment video to the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday morning.
“The people in the video are reflective of the attitude, culture and professionalism of the people in the sheriff’s office,” Christianson said.
The video, designed to inspire and motivate people to apply for employment, is being posted on the Internet and social media sites, and will play at recruitment fairs. Christianson said it’s also a tool for community awareness and public education.
The action-packed 121/2 minutes was produced by Final Cut Media of Modesto for $9,615. The people appearing on screen are sheriff’s staff, and one segment includes county jail inmates.
Earlier this year, a few dozen jail deputy vacancies prompted the department to temporarily close two jail units and release prisoners early. There are 27 custodial deputy vacancies, more than 200 applicants were invited to a physical agility test Tuesday and 10 candidates have been given conditional employment offers, the sheriff said.
A jail unit closed at the Public Safety Center was opened again mid-March, but the 60-bed inmate work quarters in the downtown jail are out of service until more deputies are brought on board, Christianson said.
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